Monday, May 9, 2016
The first edition of the Sotigui night was held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 in the banquet hall of Ouaga 2000. It was an opportunity for the organisers to honour Sotigui Kouyaté. The trophy is named for the illustrious man of culture is intended to reward the best film actors of Africa and its diaspora. Under the patronage of Mrs. Ndiaye Ramatoulaye Diallo, Malian Minister of Culture and Tahirou Barry, his Burkinabe counterpart, this first of the Sotiguis witnessed the participation of several big names of African and Burkinabe cinema.
Sotigui Kouyaté, a great name of culture and Burkinabe cinema, died April 17, 2010, gave its name to the first trophy that rewards film actors of Africa and its diaspora.
“The Sotiguis, it is to boost the image of the actors. For today the movie actor is not forgotten because he is part of a living structure of the film. We have seen several festivals in Africa which recognises filmmakers. And thus, even those who give emotion, even those who make us sit in front of the television to say that this film was good, they are comedian actors. In Africa, they are forgotten,” the promoter of the night of the Sotiguis awards, Kevin Moné inform us.
The Burkinabe Minister of Culture said he was pleased with the initiative to reward actors, which is a first in Africa. “If the evening does not exist, it would have be to created because it is a first of all an evening of tribute to a great man of national, African and even global cinema, Sotigui Kouyaté. Through the role he played in cinema, he naturally sowed the seed of his immortality (…) And tonight is a beautiful evening of tribute to his person. Beyond his person, there are also our comedians who bleed every day to dream moviegoers, who bleed each day to make cinema-buffs dream, who bleed in order to try to carry the Burkinabe cinema very high. And I think it is a recognition to all those people, all those women and men who are committed to this path,” said Barry Tahirou.
It was also an opportunity for the minister to call for reflection on the lives of comedians, some of whom die in anonymity, misery and total indifference.
Kevin Moné, the promoter of the Sotiguis, wished to express his gratitude to the government which accompanies it in this initiative to give visibility to the film actors who sometimes lack recognition.
Mouna Ndiaye said she was pleased to be the first recipient of the Sotiguis. “It gives me pleasure. I am really surprised especially since it is a tribute edition to Sotigui Kouyaté. He is really the first person with whom I had the opportunity and honour to go on stage, to share the theater stage, to share the movie scene. So I am very moved and very happy to have won this trophy,” she said.
Sotiguis were given in tribute to actors like Ai Keita, Blandine Yaméogo, Odilia Yoni, Leonardo Groguhet (Ivory Coast). Idrissa Ouedraogo, Gaston Kaboré, burkinbè directors, also received Sotiguis tribute.
Posthumous Sotiguis tributes were given to Amadou Bourou, Bougouma André, Marie-Laure Zouzouo, Balla Moussa Keita, Ousmane Sembene and many others.
The Kouyaté family received a special tribute Sotigui.
The second edition of the Night of Sotigui is scheduled for 2017.
Justine Bonkoungou (Intern)
The winners of this first edition of the Night of Sotigui
• Gold Sotigui: Mouna Ndiaye for her role in the film “l’Œil du cyclone” by the Burkanibe director Sékou Traoré.
• Sotigui for the best Burkinabe actor: Rasmané Ouedraogo for his role in the film “Run” by the Ivorian Philippe Lacote
• Sotigui for the best Burkinabe actress: Delphine Ouattara said Mamouta for her role in “Mai, deux maris ou la polyandre” by Sidnaba Zida Aboubacar
• Sotigui for the audience: Augusta Palenfo
• Sotigui of the Best Newcomer: Charlotte Naomi Zabsonré for her role in “Fille de sa mère” by Carine co-directors Bado and Serge Armel Sawadogo
• Sotigui for best youngest actor: Amadou Bidi Ouane of Mali for his role in the film “Rapt à Bamako” by the Malian director Cheick Oumar Sissoko
• Sotigui for the best actor from West Africa: Michel Gohou for his role in the film “Braquage à l’Africaine ” by the Ivorian Owell Brown
• Sotigui for the Best Actor from North Africa: Laeticia Eido for her role in “Fadhma N’Soumer” by Algerian director Belkacem Hadjadj
• Sotigui for the best actor in East Africa: Eskindir Tameru for his role in “Price of Love” by the Ethiopian filmmaker Halay Hermon
• Sotigui for the best English actor :John Dumelo of Ghana for his role in “A Nothern affair” by Leila Djansi.